What is Ayurveda or Ayurvedic Medicine?
It is a holistic medicinal system from India. It is a healthy lifestyle that has been passed down from generation to generation, more than 5000 years ago! This ancient health system emphasizes the comprehensive well-being of the body as a whole: body, mind and spirit.
Ayurvedic medicine observes health not only as the absence of disease, but rather its holistic nature suggests understanding the complexity and depth that brings wellness. For this reason, the methodologies used during all these centuries are involved in the lifestyle and daily practices, unlike modern medicine that usually focuses on the resolution of discomfort with the application of medications.
What? means Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, is a Sanskrit word composed of two terms: Ayuh, duration of life; and veda, truth or knowledge. Together, its meaning is: The Science or Wisdom of Life. The truth is that it has not been possible to identify the origin of Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine, which is why it is said that it comes from "eternity through the creator (Brahma)". The oldest texts dealing with it have dates between the II Millennium and the VI century before Christ.
As we explained before, Ayurveda defines the Ayuh life as the intelligent coordination of the soul, the mind, the senses and the body, and these together with the totality of nature and the cosmos. Each of these elements interact with each other. and affects our total state. The seasons, the planetary changes of the earth, the moon, other planets, and so on. as with the daily relationships of our lives, loved ones and friends, co-workers, etc. According to Ayurveda, putting all this in balance is the key to a healthy life.
Doshas of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic medicine explains that the five elements of nature (ether, air, fire, water and earth) combine with in the human body in the form of three doshas -components- known as: vata, pitta and kapha. Optimal health requires a balance of these doshas.
- Air and ether represent vata. Vata controls muscle movement and joint, breathing and heartbeat. In addition, vata controls anxiety, fear, pain, and other functions of the nervous system.
- Fire and water represent pitta, which is believed to control bodily functions such as digestion, metabolism, intelligence, and skin color. The pitta governs the emotions of anger, hate, and jealousy.
- Earth and water represent kapha. Kapha governs the physical structure of the body and the immune system. Emotional responses that are controlled by kapha are believed to include calm, forgiveness, love, and greed.
In Ayurvedic medicine it is believed that if there is an imbalance in any of the three doshas, disease will manifest. Ayurveda states that the first line of defense in the fight against imbalances is to eliminate the cause of the problem.
What? are Ayurveda remedies?
As we have seen so far, Ayurvedic medicine seeks a total balance of the human body in all its aspects. For this reason, the remedies or methods used have a comprehensive approach based on:
- Changes or adjustments in the diet.
- Herbal supplements.
- Daily activities such as: Yoga, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.
- Marma Treatment (Energetic Pressure Points).
- Purification or cleaning processes